Archive for April 23rd, 2007

source: BOPA
23 April, 2007

GABORONE – The topical Security and Intelligence Services Bill is likely to return to Parliament an edited and user-friendly version in some respects.

The bill was prompted by the fact that regional and global environment has changed, thus necessitating a review in Botswanas approach to national security concerns. Rebaone Tswiio of BOPA writes.

It has since transpired that Minister of Justice, Defence and Security, Mr Phandu Skelemani is currently working round the clock drafting amendments that would provide for a free-of-charge tribunal that would handle all complaints levelled against the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS).

When Parliament adjourned last month, the bill had been adopted in principle, awaiting only amendments to be tabled at committee stage during the July meeting of Parliament.

I am certainly going to submit this amendment of adding a tribunal in the bill during committee stage, he said in an interview.

Mr Skelemani confessed that he had taken heed of Parliaments view that lodging an appeal with the High Court, as the Bill currently provides, would be a costly exercise that might indirectly prejudice innocent individuals who had fallen victims to the operatives of the intelligence department.

The tribunal that we want to establish would have power to investigate [continue reading]

source: BOPA
23 April, 2007

JWANENG – Botswana has been praised for using revenue from diamonds to positively transform the lives of Batswana.

In an interview after a Jwaneng mine tour, British Commonwealth Parliamentary Association leader Dr Roger Berry promised to go back home and tell his parliamentary colleagues about the wonders that Botswana diamonds are doing for citizens.

Dr Berry said he was impressed with HIV/AIDS programmes in place at Debswana mines and that he learnt that diamonds increased the countrys revenue and foreign exchange.

There is no doubt that diamonds help in both education and health sectors which are basic human rights, he said. Briefing the entourage, Acting Assistant General Manager, Mr Rodgers Thusi, said Debswana has a P56 million budget towards prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. He said 95 per cent of employees working for Debswana were Batswana, 21 per cent of them women.

The British delegation also toured Debswanas IDCC Clinic. BOPA

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source: new24
22/04/2007 21:38 – (SA)

Johannesburg – The city is making progress in its fight against crime in efforts to create a safe environment for residents, says mayor Amos Masondo.He told a Midrand weekend summit attended by business, labour and NGOs that run-down buildings were likely to be associated with criminal activities.

“It is an established fact that crime and grime goes together. Run-down buildings tend to be closely associated with criminal activities.”

The city was focusing on urban renewal and poverty relief programmes.

Masondo said that [continue reading]

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